The #OscarsSoWhite controversy continues to make headlines as actors and industry insiders weigh in on the current problems facing the Academy and propose possible solutions. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have already called for a boycott of this year’s Oscars, while Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed her own severe disappointment with the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees. The latest heavyweight to share her thoughts is Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who has written a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she gets brutally honest about the diversity problem within the Academy.
“There’s not one part of the industry that doesn’t need to be addressed, and it’s been this way for 25 years. The needle has hardly moved,” she writes. “It’s cultural, it’s institutional, it’s our society at large, it’s our education system — all of it — before you get to an industry that’s supposed to reflect this beautiful world. And the industry has been building up over a very long time, starting with white men running the studios who hire other people who look like them. It just hasn’t changed that much, and it won’t until there’s a concerted effort on every single front: talent, the executives in the studios, the people we mentor.”
“If you have a person of color directing a film, there’ll be more people of color on the crew and in the movie. You have to over index now on every hiring opportunity you have. You have to look at women and people of color every time there’s an opening and really not stop until you’ve worked to find qualified candidates… This feels like an inflection point, almost at a point of crisis. Everyone is talking about this. It’s not going to be overnight — just the pace can go faster. As [Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel] said, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.'”
Read all of Hudson’s column over at The Hollywood Reporter.